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THE Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25, 2023 Presidential election, Peter Obi had been issued a stern warning to desist forthwith from what they described as ‘unguided post-election political utterances.
The elders said such utterances were capable of triggering a repeat of the 1966 coup that led to the killings of regional leaders.
The Arewa elders noted that it was on record that Obi allegedly engaged in a divisive ethno-religious campaign during the 2023 elections.
Reading the Communiqué shortly after the coalition’s meeting at Arewa House, Kaduna yesterday, the Chairman of the group, Suleiman Usman Jere, expressed worry that the LP presidential candidate had continued to display anti-democratic tendencies, capable of causing civil disobedience and threats.
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The elders, therefore, advised whoever was aggrieved following the outcome of the elections, to seek redress through the courts rather than inciting chaos.
“We’ve x-rayed the situation and we condemn in loud, clear and unambiguous tone, the resort to illegal and unconstitutional ways being pursued by Mr Peter Obi, Mr Datti Ahmed and other Labour Party leaders, which are capable of truncating our democracy. Unhealthy ethno-religious comments amount to incitement that can lead to public disorder. We recognize the right of anyone aggrieved with the results to challenge the same in court.
“The events unfolding in our polity within the Nigerian political landscape calls for concern. We called this Elders Convention to discuss and x-ray certain unhealthy developments, especially after the 2023 general elections.
“Particularly worrisome, are the pronouncements of Mr Peter Obi and Mr Datti Ahmed, the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates of the Labour Party, as well as other Labour Party leaders including sources said to be linked to IPOB, ESN, which are known terrorist organisations.
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“It is on record that Mr Peter Obi engaged in a very divisive ethno-religious campaign during the 2023 elections and has continued to brazenly display anti-democratic tendencies opting for civil disobedience and threats in place of constitutional means through the courts.
“We are calling on all our security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities. It amounts to treason for anybody to call for truncating our democracy by whatever guises, be it Interim National Government let alone the call for a military coup. Perpetrators must be arrested and be brought to book with immediate effect!
“Elections have been held and the winner has emerged. The people of the North massively voted for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in national interest. We are mindful of our voting and will stand firmly to protect our democracy. We remain committed to the May 29th swearing-in date in line with Nigeria’s constitutional provisions.
“We will not accept the molestation of any Northerner for whatever reason, anywhere in Nigeria as it happened in the past in some parts of the South. We are ready to return any negative attack with equally or more potent positive reaction that will counter it forthwith.
While there should be avoidance of possible civil.war, there should also be fair play in our politics. What led to the killing of regional leaders in the 60s was tribalistic discrimination, and the like. Since those who witness the civil war re still Live, it is their responsibility toake.sure that our brothers who have no knowledge of it (I mean those from 1963 downward) that a privileged to be at corridor of power today should be educated by those close to them not to set Nigeria on flame for financial gain and power hunger. It is not only to war or.threaten Obi,(youcan not force a child that is beaten not to cry, otherwise it would be oppression: those beaten the child should be warned also to desist from oppressive act.